Christian paramilitary sect leader speaks out
August 25, 2017 06:17 AM
GRANTS, N.M. – In a nearly 30-minute phone call with KOB reporter Caleb James, paramilitary Christian sect leader James Green said the child abuse allegations focused on his rural Cibola County compound are "media hype."
Green admitted most of the 11 children living on the property until Wednesday do not have birth certificates, but resisted allegations the children are trained in military exercise or "brainwashed." Green instead suggested the children are "convinced" of the group's teachings.
The Aggressive Christianity Mission Training Corps is based at a compound near Fence Lake, New Mexico.
While serving a search warrant connected to multiple child abuse investigations, Cibola County Sheriff deputies discovered 11 children on the property. Most do not have birth certificates, according to Cibola Sheriff Tony Mace and Green himself.
The self-styled general of the paramilitary organization claimed allegations of child abuse against his son-in-law and sect member Peter Green are fueled by law enforcement efforts to shut down his compound, and by media hype surrounding the allegations. The younger Green faces 100 counts of criminal sexual abuse of a child.
James Green's wife, Deborah – a co-leader of the group – is also charged in the case involving a young girl allegedly raped multiple times a week from the age of 7.
"I don't hold a political view that you can't register your kids," Green said. "Parents have those (views). If they don't want to register their kids, that's their prerogative.”
Green said all the children living on the compound are the children of sect members. They are not recruited to join.
"We are the headquarter company," said Green of the Cibola County compound. "We are military structured."
Green said children are not trained in military exercises.
But in lapel camera video released by Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace on Thursday, several children appear in uniform during a Sunday raid. Mace says the raid took place during a classroom training.
According to multiple sources, children on the compound are referred to as "privates" in reference to a lower military rank, while Green is referred to as "general."
KOB asked about the uniforms and the rankings.
"There's only two," Green said. "When they get to be 13 years old we make them junior privates."
The full interview can be heard on SoundCloud.
Updated: August 25, 2017 06:17 AM
Created: August 24, 2017 10:01 PM
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